Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake, is the 2014 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Honor Book! Congratulations, Kendare!
The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award is a reading enrichment program of the LCFTB. The program was founded in 1999 with the first award given in 2000. Participation in this program has climbed from 5,485 votes the first year to over 29,000 students participating in 2009. The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the recognition of outstanding books. Now entering its 14th year, the program continues to encourage Louisiana’s youth to read for pleasure.
Because of a quirk of history during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, present-day America is rigidly divided between people who live and work during the hours of darkness—Smudges—and those known as Rays, who populate the day. A group of Smudges called the Noma live on the fringes of society in loose tribes, preying on Smudges and Rays alike. Gigi is a ruthless Noma, but in this prequel companion story to Plus One, she is ordered to abduct a cell phone hacker named Ciel Le Coeur and reveals a surprisingly tender heart.
Book sale! My first novel, Ash, is currently on sale for only $2.99 as an ebook. If you haven’t yet read Ash, my lesbian retelling of Cinderella, here’s your chance to give it a try. To further convince you, here’s the description:In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
Here are some of Ash's honors:
- Finalist for the 2010 William C. Morris YA Debut Award
- Nominated for the 2009 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Finalist for the 2010 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature
- Finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award (LGBT Children’s/Young Adult)
- Finalist for the 2010 Northern California Book Award(Children’s Literature)
- Finalist for the NCIBA 2010 Book of the Year (Teen Fiction)
- A Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of 2009
And a couple of reviews:"Somber and lovely." — New York Times
"An unexpected reimagining of the Cinderella tale, exquisite and pristine, unfolding deliberately. … Beautiful language magically wrought; beautiful storytelling magically told." — Kirkus, starred review
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The thing is, when you’re with someone like Poppu - someone who sees straight through your battered facade and loves every bit of you, someone who makes you laugh until you pee your pants, someone who grabs you in a hug exactly when you need it - you don’t crave any kind of approval from strangers. You don’t need to “matter” in the world, because you already matter to the only person who counts.from Plus One by Elizabeth Fama (via jreadsya)